"Secret Journey" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Upon a secret journey
I met a holy man
His blindness was his wisdom
I'm such a lonely man

And as the world was turning
It rolled itself in pain
This does not seem to touch you
He pointed to the rain

You will see light in the darkness
You will make some sense of this
And when you've made your secret journey
You will find this love you miss

And on the days that followed
I listened to his words
I strained to understand him
I chased his thoughts like birds

You will see light in the darkness
You will make some sense of this
And when you've made your secret journey
You will find this love you miss

You will see light in the darkness
You will make some sense of this
You will see joy in this sadness
You will find this love you miss

And when you've made your secret journey
You will be a holy man
When you've made your secret journey
You will be a holy man
When you've made your secret journey
You will be a holy man
When you've made your secret journey
You will be a holy man


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"Secret Journey" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentA wonderful song, very straightforward. A young man receives training by a sage -- very "Eastern" in nature. The novel "Siddhartha" has a storyline like the one described in the song.
    rikdadon September 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment“Secret Journey,” with its talk of holy men and “light in the darkness,” was based on Gurdjieff’s book, Meetings with Remarkable Men. The text narrated the exploits of a group of spiritual adventurers out searching for hidden mysteries, emotionally unattached to phenomena which are ultimately as fleeting as the rain, and thereby finding joy and love in life’s play of sadness and pain. In one of the semi-autobiographical tales, Gurdjieff himself was blindfolded (“His blindness was his wisdom”) and led to an enigmatic monastery.

    [From Rock & Holy Rollers: The Spiritual Beliefs of Chart-Topping Rock Stars in Their Lives and Lyrics by Geoffrey D. Falk.]
    sillybunnyon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it meant a man went on a "secret journey" [secret = personal?] and found himself. The holy man was himself. But that doesn't make much sense.
    DJgifon June 09, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@ DJgif:

    Oh sure, that would make sense! I actually like the idea: The narrator meets the older and wiser version of himself (the holy man) who tells him that he shouldn't worry because eventually everything had worked out well (or will work out well, depending on which point of view you're talking from).

    In general, I think this is a very nice song of describing the relationship to a person, older than you and experienced in how to handle their life, who had a special influence on you (eg. your parents, a teacher, an older colleague/friend).

    "And as the world was turning
    It rolled itself in pain
    This does not seem to touch you
    He pointed to the rain
    You will see light in the darkness
    You will make some sense of this "

    I think what these lines want to say is: When you're young, you often worry too much about things (you think the problem you're just dealing with is so big that it makes the earth roll in pain) and every now and then it's good to have someone older and wiser around you, who proves you that life always goes on and that maybe you will see things from a different point of view as time goes on.

    However, for the younger one it's often difficult to understand what the older one wants to tell them, simply because they lack personal experience:

    "I listened to his words
    I strained to understand him
    I chased his thoughts like birds"

    As for the image of the "holy man": A priest recently told me that in the Catholic church, somebody who's "holy" is not seen as a perfect person but as someone "who made the best of their talents given" or, speaking more informally, "who did it right".
    I don't know if Sting meant it that way when he chose the word "holy", but anyway I think it fits.
    WhiteWolfDiefon June 28, 2009   Link

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